Definition of vellum in English:


Syllabification: vel·lum
Pronunciation: /ˈveləm


1Fine parchment made originally from the skin of a calf.
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  • Before the advent of the printing press, books were made of vellum because it was durable.
  • From what scholars have managed to read so far they believe it is an early Christian Psalter written on vellum, a parchment made from animal skin.
  • Irish writings prior to the use of paper and print were written on vellum in a distinctive minuscule script which reflects 1,000 years of literary tradition.
2Smooth writing paper imitating vellum.


late Middle English: from Old French velin, from veel (see veal).

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